Are you one of the lucky few to have a suped up meter yet? No, me neither. But all of us will have one soon. The government mandate is to have all 53 million homes across England, Scotland and Wales with a smart meter as standard by 2020.
Installation is free, but most energy companies won’t start the roll out of fitting these meters until 2015. However, British Gas has already begun with more than one million customers benefiting. E.on has also started installations with 237,000 households now having a smart meter.
Indeed, the talk of these meters is good. Homeowner Emma Townsend based in south-west London has the advantage of an early set up and is already seeing the benefits. ‘I just agreed to the date and time with my energy supplier and they came and changed the meter. I now get it and I can see how much I pay each month and how much energy I use.’
But why are they so good? These meters should end confusion of how we pay and when. For example, Smart Meters show how much energy you’re using from a simple display monitor in a home. It can communicate the latest readings directly with your energy supplier, which means no more calls or letters to check your meter in future. What I love is we’ll see how much energy we’re using in our home instantly – from the cost in pounds and pence not kWh – hallelujah!
The best bit? It doesn’t matter which energy supplier you have energy from – or when they install the new meter – you’re still free to switch supplier whenever you want. Brilliant hey?
Have you had a new smart meter installed and do you prefer it? Let us know and send me your questions if you have encountered a problem with setting yours up.
IMAGE: Reader Emma Townsend with daughter Willow and new Smart Meter monitor in the kitchen